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#1 arlynrhea547

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 04:03 AM

Hi everyone! This is my first time to post in this forum. Any inputs on the difference between Quality Control and Quality Assurance? As far as I know from my research, QA is basically more on the process, while QC is on the product. Currently, we only have QC department. But upon evaluation on the job description that our company has, it basically has a "mixed-up" of the duties and responsibilities of a QA/QC. A clear definition on QA/QC in the food industry will be greatly appreciated.

 

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 07:03 AM

Hi everyone! This is my first time to post in this forum. Any inputs on the difference between Quality Control and Quality Assurance? As far as I know from my research, QA is basically more on the process, while QC is on the product. Currently, we only have QC department. But upon evaluation on the job description that our company has, it basically has a "mixed-up" of the duties and responsibilities of a QA/QC. A clear definition on QA/QC in the food industry will be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you.

 

Arlyn

 

Hi Arlyn,

 

I think this topic was originally generated by the appearance of ISO9000 and its terminologies.

 

Subsequently many, many more "interested parties" have added their own 2 cents.

 

Just for one example -

 

http://www.iso9001co....com.au/QA.html


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Posted 25 September 2017 - 05:45 PM

I've been at different companies and it's defined differently whereever you go, some actually in opposition to each other.

 

Just call everything "quality", and rather than worry about assurance vs. control, I would be more explicit when an quality activity affects food safety.


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